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“Our stats indicate that to date there have been 361 million hits, 59 million posts accessed, and 6.140 million visitors from 200 countries, with the bulk of visitors from the US, Britain, Canada and Germany. However you may be surprised to learn that we have visitors from Qatar, Togo, Vatican City, Bahrain, Uganda, Kuwait, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Congo, Djibouti, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Yemen and Rwanda – to mention just a few countries that are not known for being gay friendly. While these numbers may not seem impressive when compared to those of long-established review sites that review a full range of romance books, mostly het romance which is the dominant genre in the publishing industry, (both print and ebooks), and garner huge numbers based on the genre alone, I think our achievement is quite remarkable for a blog that started from such humble beginnings and only reviews male/male books – a very small segment of the romance genre, but clearly there’s a large audience for these books going by our numbers.” Reviews by Jessewave

“BookBub functions as an advertorial, relying on an in-house editorial team to select books distributed via a daily e-mail to its subscribers. A title must be marked down by at least 50%, be a full-length work, and not featured on BookBub in the last six months in order to be considered. The company receives 50 to 100 submissions per day from publishers and authors that meet those minimum requirements, and on average, BookBub editors select around 20% of submissions, most of which are listed at $2.99 or below, and many are 99¢ or free.” Publishers Weekly

“Nothing is gained by mapping our fragmented ethnic and sexual identities onto our fiction with the fidelity of a cellphone camera photo. Well, nothing except approval from the right-thinking crowd, which, I admit, can be quite the headrush. But please let’s leave this stuff to lit-fic, shall we? Dissection and interrogation of contemporary identities is exactly what lit-fic does, and it does it well. Speculative fiction does not, precisely because it’s always half a step, at least, away from contemporary reality. So other stuff gets mixed in with the identity signifiers and everyone gets upset.” Amazing Stories Magazine

isn't sure if she's an average Romance reader, or even an average reader, but a reader she is, enjoying everything from literary fiction to philosophy to history to poetry. Historical Romance was her first love within the genre, but she's fickle and easily seduced by the promise of a good read. She approaches every book with the same hope: that she will be filled from the inside out with something awesome that she didnʼt know, didnʼt think about, or didnʼt feel until that moment. And she's always looking for the next mind-blowing read, so feel free to share any suggestions!

7 Comments

  1. Jody
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 06:39:08

    Jane, I think you’d really enjoy Miss Anne in Harlem. It’s one of those nonfiction books that reads like a novel (with footnotes!). It’s not just about white people; it’s chock full of the fascinating personalities Harlem housed at the beginning of the last century, and the stories of the titular “Miss Annes” are told against that backdrop. These were real women trying to fit into a different culture, with varying degrees of success. They have flaws and issues and the author weaves a great tale.

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  2. wikkidsexycool
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 08:07:45

    I have no doubt that “Miss Anne in Harlem” is a very good book.

    But for me at least, I’ve grown up with more than enough literature that gives the perspective/habits of a minority via white characters who are usually inserted as a cultural guide, or basically what I call making the read relate more to the author/publisher’s targeted audience.

    I’m a history buff also and at some point I may pick up the novel, but I wonder why yet again the promotion wheels get turned for books using the old “cultural guide.” When I want to read about the Harlem Renaissance, I usually go straight to the source. The works and recollections of the black artists who started and thrived in the movement, without the need of a middleman or middlewoman.

    Jane, I loved your quote, so I think it sums up very well how I feel: “a book that the cultural historian in me wants to read, but the genre fiction reader sighed, ‘gee, another book about white people; how novel.”

    ETA: I gotta say, the title “Miss Anne in Harlem” conveys a wee bit of entitlement imho (yes, I realize the historical context of using “Miss”).

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  3. Amanda
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 09:17:37

    The Jessewave news surprised me. It was one of the few places to go when I first started reading m/m romance about 4 years ago.

    About speculative fiction, I have found that at times the characters in speculative fiction to be more relateable than in other stories. I know it doesn’t seem logical but I wonder if authors try to make the human aspects in these books more relateable than they would in a non-science-fiction because it is needed more to draw the reader in.
    I also think its easier to imagine yourself doing something similiar in a fantasy situation. I find myself annoyed when a character reacts in a ridiculous way (in my opinion) in a normal human-only set book. I mean how many times has someone read about a heroine only hearing half a conversation, jumping to conclusions, and running away. No one acts like that. However I might react the same way to an angry dragon as a female hero does in a story, at least I can imagine I would.

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  4. wikkidsexycool
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 09:57:56

    @wikkidsexycool:

    This should be “Janet” not Jane (“Jane, I loved your quote . . . ). Sorry for the typo.

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  5. Maria F
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 11:37:52

    Not sure if this is the right place to let people know, but Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries are on sale for kindle at $1.99 each…and the first three (Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, and Unnatural Death) are bundled for $1.99. Have not checked other retailers.

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  6. txvoodoo
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 16:44:09

    That article on selfies…wow, someone really did backbends to try and relate a current news item to their blog’s theme. The actual post has some good stuff in it, but every time the author tries to tie in selfies, it’s big fail. And the sly disparagement of safe spaces is rather repugnant.

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